Graduate Student Handbook Speech-Language Pathology ... M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program

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  • The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Graduate Student Handbook Speech-Language Pathology

    Academic Policies and Procedures Revised 06/17/19

    2019-20

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    Table of Contents

    I. Essential Functions…………………………………………………………….......3 II. Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA)…………………………………….…4

    III. SLP Professional Standard Statement….…………………………………….…4 IV. Conditional Admission………………………………………………………….….5 V.Course Requirements……………………………………………………………....5

    A. Academic coursework…………………………………………………...5 B. Plan of Study……………………………………………………………..6 C. Clinical Coursework…………………………………………………......7

    VI. Other Academic Program Requirements………………………………………..8 A.Thesis Option……………………………………………………………..8 B.Non-Thesis Option………………………………………………………11

    VII.Academic…………………………………………………………………………...12 A.Tampa Campus………………………………………………………….12 B.Suncoast Consortium…………………………………………………...12

    VIII. Graduate Assistantships………………………………………………………….13 IX. Student Ambassador Program…………………………………………………..13 X.Code of Ethics……………………………………………………………………...15

    XI.Academic Honesty…………………………………………………………………15 XII.Professional Organizations……………………………………………………….15

    A.NSSLHA………………………………………………………………….15 B.BLLING…………………………………………………………………...16 C.The Sertoma Collegiate Club…………………………………………..17

    XIII.Graduation Requirements………………………………………………………...17 A.Examination……………………………………………………………...17 B.Graduation Application………………………………………………….17 C.Career Resource Center……………………………………………….18

    XIV. Certification ……………………………………………………………………….18 A.National Certification……………………………………………………18 B.Summary of Standards for National Certification……………………19

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    I. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS In addition to proven academic ability and other relevant personal characteristics, the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program expects all students to possess and be able to demonstrate the skills, attributes, and qualities set forth below, without unreasonable dependence on technology or intermediaries. If you are uncertain about your abilities to meet these technical standards, please consult the Graduate Director of the SLP Program to discuss your individual situation. Physical health: The student must possess the physical health and stamina needed to carry out the SLP Program. The student must be able to continuously sit/stand for several hours. Intellectual skills: The student must have sufficient powers of intellect to acquire, assimilate, integrate, and apply information and must have the intellectual ability to solve problems. Motor skills: The student must have sufficient use of motor skills to carry out all necessary clinical procedures, both those involved in learning the fundamental sciences and those required in the clinical environment. This includes the ability: (1) to participate in relevant educational exercises and to extract information from written sources; (2) use a computer keyboard to operate clinical and laboratory equipment; and (3) access transportation to all clinical and academic placements. Communication: The SLP student must have sufficient use of the sense of speech, hearing and vision, and the English language to communicate effectively with patients, faculty, staff, peers, and other health care professionals in both oral and written form, e.g., telecommunication, therapy plans, progress notes, diagnostic reports. Sensory abilities: The student must have sufficient use of the sense of vision, hearing, touch, and smell to observe effectively in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting. Students must possess the ability to observe both close at hand and at a distance. Behavior qualities: The student must possess emotional health sufficient to carry out the tasks above, must have good judgment, and must behave in a professional, reliable, mature, and responsible manner. The student must effectively manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks with realistic constraints. The student must be adaptable, possessing sufficient flexibility to function in new and stressful environments. He/she must be able to critically evaluate her/his own performance, be forthright about errors, accept constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve academic and clinical performance. The student must show respect for individuals of different age, ethnic background, religion, and/or sexual orientation. The student must exhibit professional behavior by conforming to appropriate standards of dress, appearance, language and public behavior. The student must uphold

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    the Code of Ethics of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Code of Academic Conduct of the University of South Florida. Each student must continue to meet all of the Essential Functions set forth above. A student may be denied permission to continue in the M.S. in SLP Program at the University of South Florida should the student fail at any time to demonstrate all the required Essential Functions. II. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS ACQUISITION (KASA) In 2005, ASHA moved to a competency-based system of assessment, known as the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA). In this system, the student is evaluated on a series of described competencies that reflect a broad knowledge base in both the academic and clinical aspects of speech-language pathology. All departmental syllabi contain information on what KASA standards will be met with the completion of the course. In addition, instructors will specify minimum competency levels that are needed to meet course standards. Since this is a competency-based system, it is possible to pass a course while still needing work on certain material or skills that were targeted in that course. It is the responsibility of the instructor to notify the student of any failed KASA competencies and the instructor will work with the student to devise an intervention plan. This plan should be written up and placed in the student’s folder and should be signed by the instructor and student when competencies have been met. In situations where a student fails to meet KASA competencies, either in an academic or a clinical course, the Graduate Program Director is notified and in the latter situation, the Clinic Director is notified. Individualized plans are then developed, with consultation among appropriate faculty members, area and clinic directors, and the student. Intervention for the academic course competencies typically involves independent study and intervention for the clinical course competencies typically involves additional supervised clinical experiences. III. SLP PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS STATEMENT In addition to Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) Standards required by ASHA for application for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida requires graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology to adhere to the SLP Professional Standards Statement. KASA standards and USF-Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (USF-SLHC) Professional Standards reflect competencies needed by entry-level professionals and, therefore, demonstration of compliance is necessary throughout the program of study. In addition, compliance is necessary to achieve success in the workplace, to meet the expectations of employers, and to competently practice the

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    profession. Accordingly, the standards require that students comply with the policies and procedures outlined in the University of South Florida graduate student catalog, graduate student handbook, and the CSD graduate student handbook. IV. CONDITIONAL ADMISSION Students who do not meet the admissions criteria can be admitted conditionally. To become fully admitted, the student must complete a full-time course load (usually 12 hours) with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. When the student meets this criterion, then he or she will be considered fully admitted. V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

    A. ACADEMIC COURSEWORK The curriculum of the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology involves core courses, specialty courses and clinical practica. The first year in the graduate program is comprised of core courses and clinical practica in the speech-language clinic; the second year Master’s students are required to attend a few specific core courses, specialty courses, and extern